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Rite Redux

York Dance Ensemble
7pm Wednesday February 19
2pm Sunday February 23
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Included with admission

During the decade leading up to the First World War, composers such as Debussy, Schoenberg, Scriabin, and Stravinsky were writing music in active dialogue with the social upheavals, intellectual currents, and political events of their day, embracing the same radical spirit that inspired their colleagues in the visual arts. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky to Igor Stravinsky’s score for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, is arguably the most iconic ballet of the 20th century. The York Dance Ensemble, the lively young repertory company of York University’s Department of Dance will perform an excerpt from their Rite of Spring -inspired work: Rite Redux. Choreographed by the ensemble’s artistic director, York dance Professor Holly Small, the excerpt is an audacious, thoroughly contemporary and very Canadian re-imagining of Sacre, transposed into the wilds of northern Ontario and steeped in the iconic imagery of Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven.  

Presented in association with the exhibition The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910-1918.

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